Actors Sought for Mock Interviews for Child Forensic Interviewing Training

Since 2017 Research Foundation of SUNY Professional Development Program has partnered with the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and New York State Office of Children and Family Services to provide Child Forensic Interviewing Training across the state, which provides training in the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol. The foundation of ChildFirst® is: the best interest of the child. The training also includes child development, memory and suggestibility, cultural considerations, working effectively as a multi-disciplinary team (MDT), testifying in court, legal issues and preparing children for court. This five-day classroom training course gives child abuse professionals a comprehensive introduction to the forensic interviewing process and teaches students to apply the latest research to real-life situations.

A principal component of the five-day course is mock interviews, which are conducted on the Thursday and Friday of each week long training, during which each trainee conducts an interview with a “child” one-on-one. For these mock interviews, we use adult actors to portray the children.

We have a training coming up the week of April 30th in Albany, and are needing actors for both Thursday and Friday. The actors are needed about 11:00am – 5pm on Thursday May 3rd and 7:45am – 12:15pm on Friday May 4th (we will know exact times as the training gets closer).  This is a paid job. If an actor’s mileage from home to the training site is less than 50 miles one-way, reimbursement is $175 total.  If the mileage from home to the training site is 50 miles or more one-way ,reimbursement is $295 total.

We are looking for 3-4 adult actors (18 years & up) who would be interested and available to play several different children who are interviewed by course trainees. Using scenarios we provide, each actor develops the necessary backstory for each child and needs to be prepared to answer questions in character and age appropriately.

Contact Amy Kerr at akerr@albany.edu with interest and resume.

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